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Now that school is back in session, students everywhere have begun their study of literature in language arts and other classes. Literature is everywhere: in the simplest books that are read to … more
The subject and tone of this week’s column has taken an unexpected turn from what I had anticipated writing. Originally, the whole point was to talk about the crazy mash-up going on at my … more
A new North Carolina-based industrial hemp processor is slated to invest $17.3 million in renovating a facility adjacent to Alliance One International to produce the new Korent line of THC-free … more
It’s interesting how easily we forget. The disruption of our thought processes can be derailed by something as simple as walking from one room to another. By the time we reach the doorframe, … more
Often I hear someone say, “The world is getting worse and worse.” And I have heard others say, “Things sure are better now than they used to be.” Is either of these statements true? Could it … more
Like all North Carolinians, I am worrying about the flooding causing heart-rending damage throughout our state following Hurricane Florence. I have a special worry. It is about a puppy in … more
Seems like it was about 10 years ago or maybe more when I first heard the words gluten or gluten-free being used. I didn’t know then what gluten was all about and despite doing some research on … more
At the time of this writing, we are experiencing the beginning of the end of the rain from Hurricane Florence here in the east. It’s still gray and windy, and even the slightest glimmer of sunshine … more
Mayonnaise is a condiment that has been in existence and I have known about it for as far back as I can recall. Although it has served a valuable purpose for me by being used on thousands of … more
Given the horrific events of the past weeks, pipe bombs sent to many of the outspoken opponents of the current Trump administration, including two former presidents, and the violent mass murder of … more
The North Carolina General Assembly has correctly focused on raising salaries for teachers during the past six years while compensation for principals and assistant principals left our state at or … more
Thanksgiving has crept up on us once again, meaning for most of us a glorious time of celebrating, giving thanks, food, fellowship, friends and family over the next couple of days. Maybe so, but … more
While teaching English as a second language several years ago in the Czech Republic, I heard stories from my students of the days of the rule of the fallen communist Soviet Empire. It was a time … more
Do you ever talk to yourself? Most people say that’s not too concerning. They say the alarming part comes with the realization that you aren’t just talking to yourself. You’re answering. I … more
A man who got lost on some back roads asked a local resident how to get to a particular location. “Well, you go a mile down this road,” the man responded, “take a right at the first paved … more
It was dark — really dark. I could see my surroundings once I got under the neighborhood street lights, but getting “under” them was a challenge. I had neglected to take a decent flashlight on … more
My Baptist preacher dad could make the story of the wayward tribe of the of fleeing Hebrews come vividly alive in his unique, fiery sermon delivery. Distraught that the Promised Land seemed to be a … more
With Thanksgiving already gone and Christmas still several weeks away, maybe this would be a good time for us to discuss, analyze and learn more about an item called a spork. Spork, is that really … more
We know that teachers matter more to student achievement than any other school-related factor, including services, facilities and leadership. Yet for years we’ve forced teachers to work in a broken … more
Ronald Reagan once remarked, “whenever we lower the tax rates, our entire nation is better off.” As it turns out, Dutch’s assessment remains true today. Nine months ago, Congress delivered … more
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